The Iron Giant (1999) Poster


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The Making of 'The Iron Giant' (2000) (TV Short)


Frankenstein (1931)
King Kong (1933)
Superman (1941) (Short)
The specific music is played when the character is mentioned
Bambi (1942)
A deer is shot by a hunter.
Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
Newspaper headline verbatim
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
In the big battle scene, there is a moment when the Iron Giant fires at a tank, and before the energy ball hits, that two tank crewmen jump out before the tank disappears. This harkens back to the famous scene in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) when Gort fires at a tank on the Washington Mall and the two crew jump out before Gort's weapon dissolves it
The War of the Worlds (1953)
The three tendrils emanating from the Iron Giant in battle form are inspired by The War of the Worlds (1953).
It Came from Outer Space (1953)
The tagline is "It came from outer space!"
Godzilla (1954)
Dean refers to espresso as "coffe-zilla"
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Poster on the wall in Hogarth's bedroom
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) (TV Series)
The name "Floyd Turbeaux" is a play on "Floyd R. Turbo," a right-wing rube character Johnny Carson played on the show starting in 1977.
The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966)
In both movies the supposed villain is revealed to the whole town as actually being a kind-hearted good guy, by saving kids who are hanging from a balcony after losing their footing and nearly falling to their deaths.
Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot (1967) (TV Series)
Both Giant Robo and the Iron Giant are thinking robots who befriend little boys who command them (Daisaku Kusama/Johnny Sokko and Hogarth Hughes, respectively), both were originally created as weapons of destruction, and both sacrifice themselves to save Earth in similar manners (both fly out into space and hurtle into a meteor and nuclear missile, respectively) in the respective finales.
MacArthur (1977)
When Kent Mansley calls General Rogard from the Hughes residence, the shot in which Rogard picks up the phone is an almost identical recreation of a scene from 1977's MacArthur, in which General MacArthur picks up a phone while watching a black-and-white western film.
Superman (1978)
Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
One kid insults Hogarth, "Poindexter."
Aliens (1986)
When Hogarth tapes the flashlight to the gun before going after the giant, it's a reference to the scene in Aliens where Ripley tapes together the gun and some other things before going after Newt in the queen alien's lair.
Amazing Stories: Family Dog (1987) (TV Episode)
A humorous oven mitt on the wall seems to be a model of the Family Dog.
Beetlejuice (1988)
The Rocketeer (1991)
Dead Man (1995)
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998) (TV Series)
Darkstalkers III (1998) (Video Game)

Referenced in 

The Making of 'The Iron Giant' (2000) (TV Short)
The Simpsons: HOMR (2001) (TV Episode)
A poster for the film is seen at the animation convention.
Justice League: Hereafter (2003) (TV Episode)
"Watch out for Iron Giant!"
Shark Tale (2004)
DVD is on shelf at the pawn shop.
Justice League Unlimited: The Greatest Story Never Told (2004) (TV Episode)
The defeated "Iron Giant" from the beginning of this episode bears a strong resemblance to the WB's Iron Giant movie.
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
In Sky Captain's hanger, Iron Giant is one of the discarded robots
The Incredibles (2004)
When borrowing a plane, Helen's pilot call sign is "India Golf Niner-Niner", which translates to IG99, a reference to the 1999 film The Iron Giant.
Film Geek (2005)
Video case is shown in Scotty's apartment.
100 Greatest Cartoons (2005) (TV Special)
Movie makes the countdown, is talked about.
Justice League Unlimited: I Am Legion (2005) (TV Episode)
The robot that initially attacks Luthor, Polaris and The Key is virtually identical in silhouette (if not full appearance) to the The Iron Giant
More Making of 'The Incredibles' (2005) (Video)
referenced by Mark Andrew
DVD (2006) (Short)
A poster of the film can be seen in a wall
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series: Jagshamesh! (2007) (TV Episode)
Yugi tells the Dark Magician he is not a gun
The Pixar Story (2007)
a still from "The Iron Giant" is shown
Family Guy: Peter's Daughter (2007) (TV Episode)
An action figure of The Iron Giant and a doll used in court cases involving child molestation are on the top of Meg's wedding cake.
Psych: The Greatest Adventure in the History of Basic Cable (2008) (TV Episode)
Shawn calls Mark (Jack's old partner) the "Iron Giant" guy.
Take (2008)
Mary paraphrases Hogarth's line by saying "I don't think I'm smarter than they are. I just did the homework. If they did they homework they could answer the questions and I could have had a break"
The Simpsons: Homer the Whopper (2009) (TV Episode)
Odin's of Shelbyville features an "Iron Giant" display.
Nostalgia Critic: A Troll in Central Park (2010) (TV Episode)
"Should have rented Iron Giant"
Mad: TransBOREmores/Star Wars: The Groan Wars (2010) (TV Episode)
Megatron thanks Optimus for letting him borrow the DVD of this movie.
Super 8 (2011)
The scene were the car with the kids in pass the army cars is in reference to a scene in The Iron Giant were the same thing happens. Also, the block shapes that form the aliens ship are very similar to the parts of the giant in the terms of their 'remote control properties'.
Futurama: Ghost in the Machines (2011) (TV Episode)
Bender's parts crawl and roll back together in the same manner.
The Nostalgia Chick: The Worst Witch (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned among kids' movies that are done right
Supernatural: Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Dean
Californication: Perverts & Whores (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Charlie
Phineas and Ferb: Doofapus/Norm Unleashed (2012) (TV Episode)
some of Norm's weaponry, particularly the cobra-like back extensions and the use of an energy ball, resembles the Iron Giant
Pastor Mike Online: Episode #1.98 (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mike.
AniMat's Reviews: Frankenweenie (2012) (TV Episode)
AniMat says the plot of the remake is a lazier retelling of this film.
Mad: LinKONG/Rainbow Dash & Bernstein (2013) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant appears in the LinKONG skit dressed up as Thatcher.
Futurama: Assie Come Home (2013) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant's head can be seen in a robot chop shop.
Teen Titans Go!: Tower Power (2013) (TV Episode)
The two VHS tapes have the names Cats Don't Dance and The Iron Giant when Cyborg was talking about how the VHS could record TV shows
Nostalgia Critic: The Swan Princess (2014) (TV Episode)
"An animated Warner Bros movie that isn't Iron Giant? Sold."
The Blockbuster Buster: Robots (2014) (TV Episode)
"...that made Cars look like The Iron Giant."
The Cinema Snob: Robot Wars (2014) (TV Episode)
"Or is it the Iron Giant's ball sac?"
Jambareeqi Reviews: The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2014) (TV Episode)
The producer of this movie directed Rocky and Bullwinkle
Atop the Fourth Wall: All-Star Batman and Robin #8 (2014) (TV Episode)
"You think he likes The Iron Giant?"
Big Hero 6 (2014)
Poster seen. The robot's eyes contract into red lights as it temporarily lashes out as a mindless destroyer.
PWN: Marvel: PWN #3 (2014) (TV Episode)
Title is mentioned
Film 2017: Episode #44.2 (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Danny Leigh when reviewing Big Hero 6 (2014)
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Cats Don't Dance (2015) (TV Episode)
Hewy mentions the other animated films made outside Disney that we're underrated.
Tomorrowland (2015)
Several items from this film are seen in the memorabilia shop, an inside joke to director Brad Bird's previous film.
The Graham Norton Show: George Clooney/Britt Robertson/Hugh Laurie/Dwayne Johnson/Jessica Hynes/Snoop Dogg (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by George Clooney when he talks about Brad Bird, the director of his new movie Tomorrowland (2015)
AniMat's Reviews: Tomorrowland (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as one of Brad Bird's previous directing works.
Honest Trailers: Iron Man (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by narrator
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: the Brave Little Toaster (2015) (TV Episode)
Hewy mentions the scene from the movie with the Deer Sequence.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Vin Diesel/Selena Gomez (2015) (TV Episode)
Vin Diesel mentions his early animated movie
Ashens: Fake Star Wars Toys (2015) (TV Episode)
A golden droid figure is compared to Iron Giant that "lost a lot of weight".
Tu mourras moins bête: Terminator, c'est pour quand? (2016) (TV Episode)
The iron giant is shown in the episode
Loose Canon: Oscar Bait: A History (2016) (TV Episode)
Poster is shown behind Lindsay.
Nostalgia Critic: Cats & Dogs (2016) (TV Episode)
"A Hogarth Joel Osment if you will."
Miles (2016)
Movie name seen on theater marquee.
Honest Game Trailers: Overwatch (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by narrator
The Flash: Into the Speed Force (2017) (TV Episode)
Cisco refers to the film.
I Hate Everything: I Hate Sing (2016) (2017) (TV Episode)
Poster shown as an example of an animated film that's emotional on a very deep level.
Cuphead (2017) (Video Game)
Dr. Kahl's Robot bears a striking resemblance to the title character in this movie.
Unikitty!: Kaiju Kitty (2018) (TV Episode)
Shining Mecha Kitty Turbo V's attempt at sacrificing itself, by punching at a missile while closing its eyes, is a reference to the film The Iron Giant, where the titular character sacrificed himself by destroying a meteor in the same fashion. Warner Bros., the creator of the Unikitty! series, is also the creator of The Iron Giant.
Ready Player One (2018)
The Iron Giant is in Aech's garage and is later used in the final battle.
Honest Trailers: Ready Player One (2018) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant appears
Ernie & Tye's Excellent Adventure (2018) (Video)
Movie poster seen on wall. Also, photo shown as part of trivia contest.
Everything Wrong with...: Everything Wrong with Ready Player One (2018) (TV Episode)
The movie is mentioned.
AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: The Diamond in the Rough (2018) (TV Episode)
Brought up in Brad Bird and Adam Burke's filmography.
AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Big Bird's Big Break (2018) (TV Episode)
Brought up in discussion.
Nostalgia Critic: Rubber (2018) (TV Episode)
Talks about the ending.
AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: It's Not Ogre Yet (2018) (TV Episode)
Mat compares Mr. Link to the titular robot.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Atlantic Rim (2018) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Iron Giant, go!"
Bumblebee (2018)
A teenager who befriends and looks after a robot from outer space.
AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: The Legend of Big Chungus (2019) (TV Episode)
Brought up in Brad Bird's filmography.
AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Body Odor Penalty (2019) (TV Episode)
Mat makes comparisons between this film and Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon.
Nostalgia Critic: Toonami (2019) (TV Episode)
The movie is mentioned.
AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Minions Episode V: The Rise of Gru (2019) (TV Episode)
Brought up as a film with the "ordinary person meeting up with this extraordinary thing" plot.
AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Ariel x Halle (2019) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: ...So The Funko Movie is Happening (2019) (TV Episode)
Brought up in Teddy Newton's filmography.
AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Barney's Big Blockbuster (2019) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.


Featured in 

At the Movies: That's Not All, Folks! (1999) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
Troldspejlet: Episode #22.14 (1999) (TV Episode)
reviewed + footage used
Troldspejlet: Episode #32.16 (2004) (TV Episode)
DVD release reviewed + footage used
100 Greatest Cartoons (2005) (TV Special)
Clips are shown
The Pixar Story (2007)
clip shown
Troldspejlet: Episode #40.2 (2008) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann talks about robots featured in films, and mentions the film + footage used
Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Underrated Nostalgia Classics (2008) (TV Episode)
Featured as the Number 6 spot
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Salt/Ramona and Beezus/Summer Doc Round-Up (2010) (TV Episode)
The Rotten Tomatoes ' Employee Pick
The Nostalgia Chick: The Lion King (in 3D!) (2011) (TV Episode)
"...and got buried by The Iron Giant."
The Nostalgia Chick: Top 10 Hottest Animated Guys (2012) (TV Episode)
Dean McCoppin is a runner-up
Californication: The Party (2012) (TV Episode)
watched on TV
WatchMojo: Top 10 "Good" Movie Robots (2012) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant is #8.
Animation Lookback: Pixar Animation Studios Part 3 (2013) (TV Episode)
Brad Bird made this animated film prior to joining Pixar. Clip shown.
The Nostalgia Chick: The Host (2013) (TV Episode)
referencing better movies that have a human/alien relationship
WatchMojo: Top 10 Vin Diesel Moments (2013) (TV Episode)
Man of Steel...or Iron is #4.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Heroic Movie Sacrifices (2013) (TV Episode)
The sacrifice of the Iron Giant is #8.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Underrated Movies (2013) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant is #9.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Saddest Cartoon Movie Moments (2013) (TV Episode)
The moment when the Iron Giant chooses to be Superman is #5.
Anime Abandon: Top 20 Greatest Giant Robots (2013) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant takes #11
WatchMojo: Top 10 Giant Robots (2014) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant is #2.
Nostalgia Critic: The Lorax (2014) (TV Episode)
Critic gives Hogarth a more mature voice
WatchMojo: Top 10 Underrated Kids Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant is #3.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Robots of All Time (REDUX) (2014) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant is #5.
Renegade Cut: The Iron Giant (2014) (TV Episode)
this movie is the subject of discussion
WatchMojo: Top 10 Cartoon Deaths in Film (2014) (TV Episode)
The death of the Iron Giant is #5.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Saddest Robot Deaths (2014) (TV Episode)
The death of the Iron Giant is #1.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of the 1990s (2014) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Animated Movies: 1990s (2015) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant is #6.
Honest Trailers: Terminator 2: Judgement Day (2015) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
AniMat's Classic Reviews: The Iron Giant (2015) (TV Episode)
Reviewed, clips shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Animated Movies to Watch as a Family (2015) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant gets an honorable mention.
Greatest Animated Movies (2016) (TV Movie)
Number 25 in the countdown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Animated Sci-Fi Films (2016) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant is #2.
I Hate Everything: the Search for the Worst: Laserblast (2016) (TV Episode)
Poster and footage of this movie are shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies That Should Have a Sequel (2016) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Unlikely Friendships in Movies (2016) (TV Episode)
The friendship between Hogarth Hughes & the Iron Giant gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Hidden Themes in Movies You Totally Missed as a Kid (2016) (TV Episode)
Anti-Gun Message gets an honorable mention.
MsMojo: Top 10 Underrated Animated Movies (2017) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant is #2.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Goodbye Scenes in Movies (2017) (TV Episode)
The goodbye scene in The Iron Giant gets an honorable mention.
Scope (2017) (Video)
clip shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies That Flopped at the Box Office (2017) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant is #4.
MsMojo: Top 10 Animated Movies You Thought Were Disney Films (2018) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant is #6.
MsMojo: Top 10 Children's Movies That Adults Like (2018) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant is #7.
MsMojo: Top 10 Animated Movies That Should Get a Sequel (2018) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant is #4.
Honest Trailers: The Incredibles (2018) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Kids Movies That Will Make You Cry (2018) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant is #7.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Flops That Became Cult Classics (2018) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant is #8.
The Know's Top 10s: Top 10 Trailers Better Than the Movie (2018) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Most Powerful Movie Characters of All Time (2018) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Animated Movies You Should See at Least Once (2019) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant is #8.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Opening Scenes in Animated Movies (2019) (TV Episode)
The Giant Lands gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Most Heroic Deaths in Movies (2019) (TV Episode)
The death of the Iron Giant gets an honorable mention.
Everything Wrong with...: Everything Wrong With Dark Phoenix In Plenty Of Minutes (2019) (TV Episode)
"You are who you choose to be" audio featured.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Animated Cult Movies (2019) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant is #2.
MsMojo: Top 10 Heartbreaking Farewells in Animated Movies (2019) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant saves the day is #5.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Human vs Robot Fights in Movies (2019) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giants vs. the Army gets an honorable mention


Duck and Cover (1952) (Short)
The footage of this "educational" film shown to Hogarth and his classmates is an outrageous mockery of the original version

Spoofed in 

Duck Dodgers: The Fowl Friend/The Fast & the Feathery (2003) (TV Episode)
When Agent Roboto sacrifices himself by flying into the asteroid, the scene plays out like the ending of this film right down to the dialogue.
Duck Dodgers: Till Doom Do Us Part (2005) (TV Episode)
When Roboto reveals how Duck Dodgers has wronged him in the past, it features an exchange between them that spoofs the one between The Iron Giant and Hogarth towards the end of the film.
Mad: The Iron Giant Lady/Raising a New Hope (2012) (TV Episode)
The Iron Giant Lady skit is a spoof of this movie.
Minions (2015)
The ending is a parody of the climax of The Iron Giant.

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